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Browning joins Skating for Life benefit against cancer

Fleming, Olympic champ and breast cancer survivor, hosts event

Kurt Browning is joining Peggy Fleming and others in the fight against breast cancer.
Kurt Browning is joining Peggy Fleming and others in the fight against breast cancer. (Getty Images)

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(09/09/2008) - DENVER - Four-time world champion Kurt Browning has been added to the cast of the Skating for Life Benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure event, a cause that has personally affected him since his father has been battling breast cancer.

Browning, a Canadian favorite and one of the best skating entertainers in the world, will join several Olympic and world-class skaters, as well as country music star Sara Evans, in a live performance Oct. 15 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill. Many of the skaters involved in the show have been personally affected by breast cancer, including the show's host, Peggy Fleming, an Olympic gold medalist and breast cancer survivor. Among the skaters joining Browning on this one-of-a-kind evening are Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen, whose grandmother is a breast cancer survivor; Olympian and U.S. silver medalist Emily Hughes, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor; six-time Canadian champion Jennifer Robinson, who lost one grandmother to breast cancer and whose other grandmother is a breast cancer survivor; two-time Olympian and Italian champion Silvia Fontana, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor; eight-time British champion Steven Cousins, whose aunt died of breast cancer; two-time U.S. pairs champions Rena Inoue and John Baldwin, she is a lung cancer survivor while his mother is a breast cancer survivor; and Olympic bronze medalist Jozef Sabovcik.

Evans, who will perform several of her hits live in this show, has earned numerous No. 1 hits including "Born to Fly," "No Place That Far," "Suds In The Bucket," and "A Real Fine Place to Start." Of the five albums Evans has released, her sophomore set, "No Place That Far," has been certified gold; 2001's "Born to Fly" is double-platinum, and 2003's "Restless" and 2005's "Real Fine Place" are both platinum. The woman with small-town Missouri roots has proven she has a very big voice that has been embraced across the nation. In addition to her singing talent, Evans also twirled her way onto the TV blockbuster hit, Dancing with the Stars.

Tickets for this event, which are priced at $105, $65, $50 and $30, are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, at ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 309-454-5500. Groups of 10 or more can receive a $5 discount, and there is a $3 discount for seniors. No discounts are available for VIP seats. For more information about all Disson Skating productions, log on to: www.dissonskating.com.

Comcast-Spectacor entered into a partnership with Disson Skating in January of 2006 to take figure skating to a whole new level and has quickly become the leading producers of televised ice skating shows in the United States and Canada. A major component of this partnership is the production of 10 two-hour original ice skating specials on NBC, including Skating for Life Benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), the two arenas in which their teams play -- the Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum -- four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 50 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; and 3601 Creative Group, a full-service in-house advertising agency. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Bowie Baysox, the Delmarva Shorebirds, and the Frederick Keys baseball teams, all affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles.